Gerry Conway RIP

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by manxman, Mar 29, 2024.

  1. manxman

    manxman Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Isle of Man
    The well-travelled folk/rock drummer Gerry Conway (Fotheringay, Pentangle, etc.) has died at the age of 76. Linda Thompson announced the sad news on Facebook a few minutes ago. He was a fine musician and appears on quite a few albums in my collection.
  2. penguinzzz

    penguinzzz Forum Resident

    Charlton, London
    That’s very sad news. He played on
    many classics.
  3. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader

    ontario canada
    He was great on Cat Stevens fantastic 'Catch Bull at Four' album.
  4. RIP

    Fantastic drummer. He's absolutely incredible on those Cat Stevens albums.
  5. Zardok

    Zardok Forum Resident

    Castle Cary
    RIP Gerry. I never saw him with Fairport but did catch him on the revived Fotheringay tour - one of the most glorious, happy concerts I have been to in my life. Gerry was beaming from ear to ear, as were all the others, a wonderful occasion. Stiff competition for the Fairport drumming spot up there now.
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  6. footlooseman

    footlooseman Forum Resident

    Thank you Mr Conway for keepin time for all the great music. May you rest in peace
  7. StingRay5

    StingRay5 Important Impresario

    He played on a number of Cat's '70s albums. He always had the right feel and never got in the way.

    He was also in Jethro Tull in the '80s for one album (The Broadsword and the Beast) and part of another (Crest of a Knave).

  8. Mr-Beagle

    Mr-Beagle Ah, but the song carries on, so holy

    I came here to say that.
  9. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader

    ontario canada
    The early bird catches the...bull.
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  10. Wildest cat from montana

    Wildest cat from montana Humble Reader

    ontario canada
    Don't want to turn this into a Cat Stevens thread but I have to mention 'Foreigner Suite'

    When I got the 'Foreigner' album I didn't care for the side long suite. Thought it was overblown, pompous.

    When I'm wrong I'm wrong.

    It's brilliant, one of the finest things Stevens ever did.
    And Gerry Conway is amazing on it.
    If you haven't heard it in awhile or are not familiar with it give it a listen in Conway's memory.
  11. Mr-Beagle

    Mr-Beagle Ah, but the song carries on, so holy

    Side one of Foreigner is my favourite side of all of Cat's albums. I find some of the lyrics genuinely moving:
    "And the sky all glistens with gold when you're talking to me."
  12. carlwm

    carlwm Forum Resident

    Very sad news. Motor neurone disease, apparently.

    He was always brilliant with Fairport both live and on record, and he's on so many other classics too. Seemed like a lovely fellow too.

    Sincerest condolences to his family, friends and fellow fans.
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  13. muzzer

    muzzer Forum Resident

    I have so many albums he drummed on. May he rest in perfect time.
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  14. pdenny

    pdenny 22-Year SHTV Participation Trophy Recipient

    Hawthorne CA
    Listen to the last minute of this track from my favorite Cat Stevens album; crank it loud. Rest in peace, Gerry.

  15. Mr-Beagle

    Mr-Beagle Ah, but the song carries on, so holy

    Only last night I was thinking I'd like to be buried with my Cat Stevens CDs, as though I'd miss them even in death.
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  16. Crimson Witch

    Crimson Witch Roll across the floor thru the hole & out the door

    Rest in Peace, Gerry

    Last edited: Mar 29, 2024
  17. Sunsales

    Sunsales Forum Resident

    South Florida,USA
    Thank you for your music Gerry, Rest in Peace.
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  18. sound chaser

    sound chaser Senior Member

    North East UK.
  19. Algo_Rhythm

    Algo_Rhythm Forum Resident

    I saw this also although it's still not mentioned on wikipedia. RIP Gerry.
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  20. GubGub

    GubGub Forum Resident

    This is very sad news. I am a huge Fairport fan but I think my favourite recordings of Gerry are his work on Mike McGear's McGear album, at which point he nearly became a member of Wings.
  21. j.barleycorn

    j.barleycorn Forum Resident

    MN, USA
    Fotheringay is what I truly cherished him for.
  22. Grassy Sound

    Grassy Sound Hopeful yet discontent.

    Wildwood, NJ
    He toured with Tull on the European leg of the Broadsword tour, and played on several Tull standalone songs in 1985 & 1988. He also was on Ian Anderson’s solo album, The Secret Language Of Birds.
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  23. I am a gigantic Richard Thompson fan (Linda Thompson too- the Richard & Linda albums are my favorite work of either artist) & first caught him live in '85 (a couple truly amazing shows) on the tour for "Across A Crowded Room" with Gerry on drums. He was terrific & I saw him a few other times live with Thompson.

    The recorded work I know with his great work on it, mainly involves Cat Stevens ("Teaser & The Firecat" is my fave album of his & Conway's first working with him), but I am also a great champion of the "McGear" album too.

    With great gratitude & Love I celebrate the life, music & Spirit of Gerry Conway.
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  24. RIP Gerry. He had a great sound and was as steady as they come.
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  25. Michael

    Michael I LOVE WIDE S-T-E-R-E-O!


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